Reading time: approx. 3 minutes
Text: Till Homrighausen
Photos: Joachim Stretz
A vehicle manufacturer from Leverkusen is shaking up the industry. Sentences like “We have always done it this way” are taboo at the SEKA Group. The company has specialized in the production of food tanks – with enormous weight savings, short delivery times and above all with a great deal of emotion.
“Why do we build commercial vehicles?” Dragan Stanojlovic brings the question into the room, and you can tell by his challenging look that the answer is already on the tip of his tongue. The owner of the Leverkusen-based SEKA Group doesn’t fail to attract attention through moderation, and this is precisely his concept: “We build commercial vehicles because we want to change the entire market. It is important that each of my employees knows why we do what we do: Because of passion,” emphasizes Stanojlovic. There is no doubt that these words are not just empty phrases when you see the tanker manufacturer’s managing director on his factory premises. While he is instructing the construction of the new catering facility as he passes by, his cell phone hardly ever stands still. Nevertheless, he insists on jumping onto the forklift and maneuvering a few trailers in passing.
Emotional attachment to the product
Queen of tank trailers
The vehicle manufacturer calls his trailers the “Queen of tank trailers”. Here the Leverkusen-based company has taken it particularly seriously. The stainless steel tank is not only an eye-catcher visually: With five and a half tons and a capacity of 31,000 liters, the three-chamber vehicle is a lightweight. To achieve this, the SEKA designers relied on innovative products from BPW Bergische Achsen, among others. “The Airlight II running gear with aluminium hub and the super-light LightTube trailing arm is the best solution we can imagine for the vehicle,” explains Stanojlovic.